Barbi Benton is a multi-talented American model and singer, best known for being among the top Playboy models during the ’70s. The model garnered much fame through her most publicized relationship with the founder of Playboy magazine Hugh Hefner. In addition to modeling, Barbi is equally a talented actress with notable appearances on the CBS reality TV comedy series Hee Haw. In her prime, Barbi took a hiatus from show business in order to focus on her family. Learn more about the iconic star below.
Barbi Benton’s Bio (Age)
The stunning model was born as Barbara Lynn Klein on the 28th day of January 1950 in New York City in the United States. Barbi holds an American nationality and belongs to the white ethnic background. She was born into a Jewish family; her dad was a military doctor while her mother was an investment counselor. Barbi’s family moved to California when she was two. There she received her basic education at Rio Americano High School situated in Sacramento, California.
Upon graduation, Barbi Benton went on to attend the University of California, Los Angeles. While she was there, the gorgeous lady began her modeling career. Two years later, she became a Playboy model. At the early stages of her career, Barbi appeared on Playboy’s entertainment show Playboy After Dark. During the show, the stunning model fell in love with the Playboy founder Hugh Hefner. As a result, her position elevated from the extras to a co-host on the Playboy show. Later on, Barbi appeared at the cover of the Playboy magazine four times in 1969, 1970, 1972, and 1985.
Being a career-driven lady, Benton combined her modeling career with acting. She first appeared in the 1970 comedy movie The Naughty Cheerleader. Later on, she followed it up with other appearances in The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, and The Bobby Vinton Show. Benton also played prominent roles in other movies including Hee Haw, Hospital Massacre, and Deathstalker, among others.
Additionally, Barbi Benton equally extended her potentials to country music. She has released eight musical albums and several hit singles. Her noteworthy single was Brass Buckles which was released in 1975. The song reached top-five list on Billboard’s country singles chart. Another of her song Ain’t That Just the Way topped Swedish music chart for five weeks after its release in 1976. Some of her other music albums include Barbi Doll, Something New, and Kinetic Voyage, etc.
Net Worth: How Much is the Model Worth?
The gorgeous model has accumulated a huge wealth for herself and is currently living a lavish lifestyle. Barbi Benton currently has a staggering net worth of $20 million. She made her wealth from her music career, as well as acting and modeling career. Notably, she launched over five musical albums under the Playboy Music Label and her songs were commercially successful.
Who is Her Daughter?
The talented actress recorded tremendous successes in her career and she is also successful in her love life. Barbi Benton has been happily married to a successful American real estate guru named George Gradow. George enjoys keeping a low profile, hence, nothing much is known about him. The pair had a brief relationship in the late ‘70s and finally tied the knot on the 14th day of October 1979. Since then, they have been living happily ever after for four decades and counting.
Together, the couple has two adorable children, a son named Alexander and a daughter who was named Ariana Gradow. Alex was born in August 1986 and two years later in July 1988, their daughter Ariana was born. There are no much details available for media consumption with regards to her daughter. Meanwhile, Ariana and her older brother are both successful in their chosen careers. Interestingly, Barbi and her family currently split their time between their homes in Aspen, Colorado and Los Angeles, United States.
Where is Barbi Benton Now?
Just like we mentioned earlier, the actress left the show business in the late ‘80s and since then she has been making rare public appearances to date. In recent years, Barbi’s notable appearance was in 2014 when she appeared in an interview discussing Bill Cosby‘s sexual assault allegations. Since then, she has kept a low profile and has not been spotted at public places and events to date. Notably, Barbi’s marriage with George has been one of the most successful celebrity marriages and serves as models to many young couples.